A 13-year-old boy is awaiting sentencing in north China's Hebei Province after he confessed to killing
his grandmother, his aunt and a younger cousin on August 24.
According to police in Pixian County, the boy whose identity is
protected by law said he used techniques that he learnt from movies
and TV programmes to kill them.
The boy whom police have given the alias Xiaohua said he
strangled his younger cousin, chopped up his aunt and grandmother,
and burnt the corpses to destroy the evidence.
His motivation was the hatred he felt towards his aunt after his
mother repeatedly criticized her in front of him, said Yang
Zhitong, a senior official of the county's public security
While his aunt was out working in the field, Xiaohua prepared
gloves, ropes and other tools, police said. He then strangled his
cousin and waited for his aunt his father's sister-in-law to come
When she arrived, the boy covered her head using a bed sheet and
chopped her 17 times using a cooking knife, police said.
Xiaohua's grandmother accidentally walked in on the scene and
was terrified. The boy slashed her to death. Later he set fire to
his aunt's house with the three bodies inside.
Xinhua reporters were allowed to interview Xiaohua, who told
them that detective TV dramas and movies were his favourite, and
that all his murder ideas had come from those.
The case has aroused extensive attention from various
"Parents should not show hatred in front of their children,"
Tong Lihua, director of the Underage People's Protection Committee
of the All China Lawyers' Association, told China Daily
"Excessively violent scenes on TV, on websites and in movies
have caused many criminal cases among the young."
Zhou Yongping, director of the China Youth Development and
Policy Research Institute, said: "If parents and schools can be
well informed about what kind of new information children have
acquired and give them a positive direction, many children would
probably not (become criminals)."
(China Daily September 12, 2006)